Best of Staff Picks

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Best of Staff Picks

Best of Staff Picks


In honor of National Tea Day, we have put together a list of our favorite teas.

With over 150 teas online and over 300 teas in store, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out what type of tea is for you. We always say that like beer and wine, there is a tea or infusion for you, you just haven’t found it yet. Our extensive list of teas is the perfect starting place if you are looking for a healthy beverage alternative to sodas or juices and they’re just as delicious. Check out our staff picks to help you pick out your next favorite!

Tekeste Mehreteab (CEO) 

Pick: Gyokuro Supreme

I will start by saying that I do not have a favorite tea. However for the purpose of this post, I will say the tea I often crave is a Japanese tea called Gyokuro. This tea has a grassy and vegetal taste that most would describe as an umami flavor. It is a wonderful and refreshing drink that I love to enjoy hot.

Reena Shah (Founder) 

Pick: Jasmine Pearls

My favorite tea is our Jasmine Pearls. I had a hard time finding the right green tea for me but once we got in the Jasmine Pearls, I knew I had found the one. In fact as soon as I enter the store, my employees know to immediately start a pot of Jasmine Pearls. I love the light flavor of the green tea but the robust jasmine flavor brings it together. This tea is also hand rolled in China, so when drinking it, I reflect on the work that has gone into making my cup of tea and I can appreciate that this is the most delicious cup of tea. Not to toot my own horn, but many people have said I look young for my age and I truly do credit this tea for allowing me to age gracefully.

Orange Tea With Pearls on The Side

Brendan Shah (CTO) 

Pick: Champagne Ti Kwan Yin

I really enjoy straight teas. For those that don’t know what that is, it is simply a tea that has no flavoring or additional ingredients. For this reason, I love the Champagne Ti Kwan Yin. It has a wonderful floral scent and aroma and is a wonderful oolong to try. The true taste of the tea is captured beautifully and has its own natural sweetness. This is a great pick for any tea lover.

Bianca Shah (CMO) 

Pick: Rooibos Bourbon

The tea, or infusion rather, that I love the most is the Rooibos Bourbon. I know most people would expect me to say the Bianca Chamomile but that would be way too obvious. The rooibos bourbon is like comfort in a cup. Rooibos is one of those herbs that easily mixes with milk and makes a wonderful non-caffeinated drink that can be enjoyed hot or iced, day or night. Rooibos also has a natural vanilla flavor and essence which when paired with bourbon flavoring, milk and a touch of sugar, you get *chef’s kiss*. I would definitely recommend this tea for anyone who wants to start drinking infusions or wants an alternative nighttime beverage instead of the classic chamomile.

Siobhán (Brand Director) 

Pick: Devan's Legacy Chai

This is my number one choice whenever I want a cup of tea packed with flavor! The scent of this blend is beautiful and was the first aspect I noticed when I tried it for the first time. Secondly, the combination of the lemongrass, green cardamom, and vanilla are heavenly! My favorite way to enjoy this blend is to make a large pot of it, which I then refrigerate to make iced chai tea lattes. This has been the perfect little treat throughout the work week since we have been working remotely.

Two Brown Teas Surrounded by Sunflowers

Adam Maysonet (Art Director) 

Pick: Hawaiian Cocktail

Want a tropical explosion in a glass? Then try my favorite herbal tea blend Hawaiian Cocktail. It's flavorful, full-bodied tropical profile takes me back to my home city of Miami. Sometimes I enjoy it straight, or if I like with a little bit of sugar, but my favorite way is as a mixer for a great cocktail!